Enea Bastianini broke Alex Marquez's lap record to top the Moto3 Grand Prix qualifying session in Catalunya. An impressive last lap pushing him to the top spot as the pack slowed for a tow causing heavy traffic on track.

With the last five Moto3 wins at Montmelo all coming from pole, the Gresini rider claimed the all important position on the grid after leading for most of the session.

The Italian was temporarily displaced by Fabio Quartararo before the seventeen year-old found enough clear track to secure the first pole of his short career in style.

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The Honda rider first impressed at the Catalunya round of 2014, where he qualified second and converted thatto a second place race finish in his debut season.

The only rider to come close to Bastianini was British championship leader Danny Kent, who fought his way up to second on the grid in the final seconds, the Leopard riders final effort just 0.144 behind at the chequered flag.

Jorge Navarro completes the all Honda front row as top rookie for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team.

Niccolo Antonelli managed fourth from his place in the traffic for the Ongetta-Rivacold team, just ahead of Mugello race winner Miguel Oliveira who starts fifth for Red Bull KTM Ajo, the best KTM performer on the grid.

Efren Vazquez treated qualifying like a race as shunted his way up to sixth to complete the second row in sixth for Leopard Racing.

Quartararo had held the pole time briefly and after having his follow up lap ruined after being forced wide by a flurry of slow bikes looking for a tow as he attempted to go faster, it was that lap which saw him place seventh on the second Estrella Galicia 0,0 entry.

Niklas Ajo starts from eighth for RBA Racing, with Philipp Oettl impressing after a succession of fast solo laps earned the Schedl GP Racing rider ninth. The third of the Leopard bikes, piloted by Hiroki Ono, complete the top ten on the grid.

A mammoth effort in the hectic final minutes catapulted Briton John McPhee up to eleventh after being off the pace for much of the session. He out-qualifies his SaxoPrint RTG team-mate Alexis Masbou, who starts from 23rd.

Romano Fenati plummeted out of the top ten in the final moments as the muddle of bikes all looking to go fast at the death all crossed the line and starts 13th for the Sky Racing VR46 team.

The Italian is one place ahead of Maria Herrera, who looks to have reclaimed some of her Spanish championship form on home soil, eventually qualifying 14th.

Livio Loi lasted just ten minutes before becoming the first rider and only rider to hit the gravel, the second fall of the day for the RW Racing rider. The Belgian spent much of the session in the pits as the mechanics worked frantically, returning for the final eight minutes he never recovered and starts 29th.